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Guest Post: A Brand New Life

Stork Craft will be featuring Parent Bloggers from time to time. This will be a new feature on our blog to help our readers get to know some amazing women and men in the online community. Meet our first ever guest blogger, Lauren Jimeson:

A Brand New Life by Lauren Jimeson

A couple months before having my daughter, my husband started apply to jobs. Not that he wasn’t happy at his current one, he just wanted to see if he could get a better position somewhere else (not thinking that he would actually get it.) Two weeks before I went into labor my husband went up to NYC for an interview with a potential company. We lived in Tampa at the time and I didn’t think much of it. Why would my husband want to move us all the way to NYC when we have a baby coming in two weeks? We just painted her nursery and got our house prepared for her homecoming. The day I went into labor my husband gets a call from the company offering him the position. Surprise! Not only is my life going to change dramatically because I am about to be responsible for another person, but I’m moving 1100 miles away to a city that it completely foreign to me.

I was a teacher and had just started the school year before having my daughter. I told my husband before, that if he did get this job I wanted to stay in Tampa to finish the school year. I had a responsibility to my school and I loved my job. The one downside of that was that my husband had to be up in NYC in one month. Sticking to that decision, I stayed in Tampa with my newborn daughter to finish out my teaching position, while my husband went up to NYC.

When I originally decided to stay in Tampa, I didn’t know the difficulties of parenthood. I had no clue that the first couple months are TOUGH! Why doesn’t anyone tell you the truth about the first couple months BEFORE having a baby? Not that it would have changed my decision on having one. I just think I would have gone into this a little more level headed then with rose colored glasses on. Having a baby is even tougher when you don’t have your spouse there to help you in the middle of the night to feed her or change a diaper. There is no one there to rock her back and forth during the witching hour.

In those nine months that my daughter and I lived in Tampa without my husband (he would come home on weekends when he could), I gained an enormous amount of respect for single moms and working moms. I would come home from work and immediately start to get things ready for the next day. I had to wash bottles, feed her, get her bathed, play with her, get her to bed, and at some point find some time for me to eat and take a shower.

Looking back on that time, even now that I am with my husband in NYC, I wouldn’t have changed my decision for anything. My daughter and I have an amazing relationship and I learned a lot about myself. I learned that I am capable of doing a lot more than I ever thought that I could do. I became much more independent and self sufficient. There were many tears along the way, but they were all worth it. I feel like I can do anything now! Even conquer this new city we are now living in.

Now that one adventure has ended, a new one had begun. I am now a stay at home mom trying to make it in this huge city with my daughter!

You can read about our adventures in this new city at http://www.amommyinthecity.com/

You can follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurenJimeson

Stork Craft launches customization program, opens distribution centers

Jane Kitchen — Kids Today, 10/12/2010 10:21:17 AM

Stork Craft is launching a Create Your Own program for its glider rockers, offering 63 different combinations in its Hoop Glider & Ottoman collection, and six wood finishes and four fabric combinations for its Tuscany Glider & Ottoman collection.
With no increase in price point for the customization, the Hoop Glider & Ottoman combo will retail for around $199; the Tuscany combo for $250.
Stork Craft also announced the opening of new regional distribution centers in Dallas, Texas; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Northern New Jersey, which will warehouse all the Stork Craft brands, beginning with Ragazzi, Status, and Canwood. Shipments will commence this month, and there are plans to include distribution centers in the Midwest and Northeast.
“Our goal is to construct distribution points which will provide our dealer network with outstanding timely customer service and quality products that they can be proud to sell and represent,” said Jim Moore, president and CEO.
“The benefit of having regional distribution centers throughout the United States not only provides Ragazzi dealers more competitive freight rates, but also allows for faster product availability to our dealer network and to their customers,” said Dan Ward, vice president of sales and marketing.

1500 twitter followers = 2 prizes!

If @StorkCraft reaches 1500 twitter followers, we will not only give away a Soom Soom Toddler Bed in the color of your choice, but also a second prize – a rocking horse, color of your choice! Two prizes, two winners. All you have to do is spread the word about this great contest giveaway, visit MyWeeView and enter to win today!

Enter now to win a Soom Soom Toddler Bed

Visit My Wee View for a chance to win a Stork Craft Soom Soom Toddler Bed in the color of your choice!

Giveaway closes October 24th @ 11:59 pm PST. Open to US and Canada.

Toddler Bed giveaway coming this Friday!

I know you all have been anxiously waiting and anticipating this giveaway but it’s finally only three days away…This Friday, September 24th you will have a chance to enter to win a Stork Craft Soom Soom Toddler Bed (color of your choice). This review and giveaway will be hosted by Lynette at MyWeeView and will be open to both Canada and the US.

Canwood Alpine White photoshoot

**Picture above is the Canwood Alpine Twin Bed in White

We recently did a photoshoot for the Canwood Alpine White beds. These items have been sold-out for a while and we were waiting to get them in so we could photograph them. Take a look at these beds and I think you’ll know why they’ve been so popular. But the good news is that they’re back in stock now on our retailers’ sites.
You can purchase a Canwood Alpine bed in white on walmart.com or any other Canwood retailer.

Stork Craft’s largest ever crib sale on now!

Just a reminder that if you are looking to buy a crib for your baby, now’s the time! Stork Craft is now having their largest crib sale in the history of the company (60+ years!) You won’t believe some of the prices retailers are offering your favorite Stork Craft cribs for! You can find the Charlotte 4-in-1 crib that converts from toddler beds to day beds to a full size bed for only $102 at walmart.com. You can find great deals just like this online at all of the online retailers that carry Stork Craft products, like Simply Baby Furniture

Happy shopping everybody!

**Crib promotion available online in the United States and Canada

SEPTEMBER IS BABY SAFETY MONTH

SEPTEMBER IS BABY SAFETY MONTH
Make Every Night A Safe Night

September is Baby Safety Month, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This September, JPMA is helping educate parents and caregivers on the importance of creating a safe sleep environment from naptime to nighttime.

Each year hundreds of deaths occur when children are placed in a sleep environment that is not specifically designed for children. The safest place for a baby or child is in a fully functional, properly assembled, JPMA Certified crib, cradle, bassinet, portable play yard, or toddler bed.

Help us spread the word about Baby Safety Month. Parents are encouraged to read through the safety tips at http://www.babysafetymonth.org/ and gain powerful insight into safe sleep practices. We invite you to celebrate Baby Safety Month 2010 and Make Every Night a Safe Night.

In an effort to further educate parents on creating a safe sleep environment, JPMA has developed a comprehensive safe sleep campaign. Together, with related industry partners, JPMA is committed to educating parents and caregivers nationwide on the best safe sleep practices to make every night with baby a good, safe night. For more information on this initiative, visit http://www.cribsafety.org/.

Baby Safety Month exists to increase consumer awareness of safety issues surrounding the safe use and selection of juvenile products. Baby Safety Month started in 1983 when JPMA initiated “Expectant Mother’s Day.” In 1986, it was extended to a week long celebration, until 1991, when JPMA sponsored the first “Baby Safety Awareness Month.”

Thank you.
Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)

Help Stork Craft get 1000 Facebook Fans!

If Stork Craft gets 1000 Facebook Fans, not only will we giveaway a Stork Craft Soom Soom Toddler Bed in our next contest giveaway, but we will also add ANOTHER Stork Craft product to the prize list…That’s right, two prizes if we reach 1000 fans on Facebook.

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